Blue Star Mothers of America is a non-profit organization composed of mothers who have children serving in the United States military. Their mission is to support each other, their children and the military.Continue Reading
The organization sends care packages, letters and cards to troops. It also organizes events that support veterans, troops and fallen soldiers. Additionally, Blue Star Mothers provides education about patriotic events and etiquette.
Blue Star Mothers of America does not limit membership to biological mothers. Grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians are also eligible for membership. As of 2013, the organization had over 6,000 members. Members join and participate in their local chapter. In 2012, members sent over 74,000 care packages and 137,000 letters to overseas troops.
The organization is a non-partisan veterans' service organization. Blue Star Mothers does not participate in partisan political activities. However, the organization educates the public about patriotic holidays and flag etiquette. Blue Star Mothers provides this education about patriotic etiquette at local events and online. The organization also provides resources for returning soldiers and their families. Resources and guidebooks about coping with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, which can affect returning soldiers, are available via its website.Learn more about Military
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